Reuters: New Zealand’s health minister resigned Thursday after a public backlash over his breach of lockdown and his criticism of the civil servant responsible for the country’s world-leading coronavirus response.
 Outgoing minister David Clark was already under a cloud after breaking lockdown in April and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who faces an election in September, admitted his presence had become a distraction. “It’s essential our health leadership has the confidence of the New Zealand public,” she said.”As David has said to me, the needs of the team must come before him as an individual.” Tokyo confirmed 107 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, its highest daily tally in two months, but Japan’s chief cabinet secretary said there was no need to reintroduce a state of emergency. The Japanese capital, with 14 million people, had initially sought to hold new daily cases at fewer than 20 after the government lifted the state of emergency on May 25, only to see its tally consistently exceed 50 over the past week.
 India’s coronavirus infections surpassed 600,000 on Thursday, with 17,834 deaths, as authorities battled to contain the pandemic while easing lockdown rules, officials and the health ministry said.